Think about it: in order to vanquish the Ivan Vanko/Whiplash, Iron Man and War Machine must combine the force of their repulsor rays.
Sounds a bit like “crossing the streams,” doesn’t it? In the classic Ghostbusters, the four men must cross the energy streams of their Proton Packs in order to roast the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man.
Well, if we extend the Iron-Man-as-Ghostbusters metaphor, that would mean that Tony Stark is Peter Venkman, and he could also Egon and Ray, since, not only is Stark an egotist, he’s also a brilliant scientist.
That would mean that Rhodey is Winston … but that seems vaguely racist. I mean, just because Rhodey is black, he’s GOT to be Winston? No, Rhodey is Ray, which makes Tony both Peter and Egon … but, then again, who would be Winston?
Nick Shield. Oh, wait, dang it. There goes that race card again.
Of course, Pepper Potts is Dana Barrett. And Agent Coulson is Louis. Vanko is more of a Vigo the Carpathian than a Stay Puft, but it’s the same franchise, so that’s OK.
But what about Winston? How about Happy Hogan? Yeah, Hogan is Winston … although Hogan is just the driver, which kind of diminishes Winston’s role, doesn’t it? I mean, Winston was definitely no Hoke Colburn.
Ok, so the metaphor kind of breaks down upon closer inspection. In fact, Iron Man 2 is NOTHING like Ghostbusters. Except for that whole “crossing repulsor rays” thing.
But let’s be honest: there are worse things than comparing the two movies. Ghostbusters, after all, is the most influential movie of the last 30 years. Well, if not “influential” it’s definitely one of the most quotable …